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This weekend is the Puente de Mayo, the first major holiday after Easter, and there have been many visitors to our village.
The beach and the fine weather are a major attraction but the ambience of the village with its friendly, laid back atmosphere is the main reason it is popular.
Many of the bars had live entertainment. This group was performing outside Tiritirtrán …
… and these guys were jamming on the beach.
Eating fresh fish or paella by the sea is another attraction. Bar Manteca and Las Barcas were very busy.
These kids were still on the beach at 19.30. A good day was had by all.
There was a book fair on at the city and the Cuesta was lined with book stalls all the way down to the Puerta Real.
In the Plaza Capillo children were amusing themselves with colourful balloons.
I love the colourful facades of the beautiful old buildings along Calle Reyes Catolicos.
Although the stores are modern the classical buildings have been beautifully preserved.
The Plaza Cuchilleros also has some fine old buildings.
Then I reached the Plaza Nueva. Instead of the usual shot of Santa Ana Church I turned around and took this photo looking the other way. I think the young people moving around on the two wheeled vehicles are offering tours to the holidaymakers.
Outside Santa Ana Church these girls were enjoying a food break and concentrating very much on the task in hand rather than their beautiful surroundings.
As usual tourists were strolling along the Carretera del Darro. This violinist was among many street entertainers busking for a little money.
The Paseo Padre Manjon was full of life and colour too.
Particularly pretty were the trees with the deep pink blossom but I am not sure of their name.
Back towards the centre I always like to walk down this street which is lined with Arabic shops and tea rooms.
The insides are often illuminated by the colourful lanterns they have for sale.
Finally at 1400 I reached the Plaza Bib Rambla when it had started to cloud over. This artist had obviously started his work earlier in the day when the sky was a clear blue.
San Miguel was very colourful as usual with the boats on the beach and the sheds, nets and floats behind.
Digby has posted some photos, which he has enhanced, on http://coloursofspain.wordpress.com and here are some more.
There were not many people around. Just this solitary fishermen mending his nets.
Then we went on to the church, La Iglesia de Las Salinas, which always makes a nice photo with the boats on the beach in the foreground.
Across the road by the salt flats is a group of cottages with more ramshackle, weathered sheds and old boats.
The wasteland in front of the church was carpeted with the pink flowers of silene.
We also saw clumps of mesembryanthemum in flower.
A few stone walls and wooden buildings of the makeshift wild west town survive.
Trees planted at the time of the filming have been neglected and died adding to the eerie atmosphere.
In the distance we could see one of the sets which is now a tourist attraction “Fort Bravo”
Wild flowers are growing in abundance here including this pink Limonium.
Further along the road we stopped to photograph this landscape which typifies the badlands of Tabernas.
We passed this cat looking out at us from behind the rejas. An unusual pose for a cat and it was clearly a pet because it had a collar with bells.
Parts of the old castle have been restored like the entrance towers and arch.
The castle was built by the Moors in the 11th Century.
It had a strategic position guarding the valley below Tabernas which was the main route between the old Moorish kingdoms of Murcia and Granada.
During the 16th Century, after the reconquist, it became a Christian stronghold against uprisings by Moriscos. Most of the castle is in ruin but the original walls still standing create a feeling for those centuries past.
Back down to Tabernas for lunch and then on to the wild west, our next post.
We were pleasantly surprised to discover it was market day.
The square by the church and the narrow streets off were packed with colourful stalls.
It was one of the best town markets we have seen. There were stalls selling, fruit and veg, spices, flowers, plants, clothes, shoes and much else.
The town was bustling and we crept away to walk up to the castle, the subject of our next blog.
We returned to the town to explore more of the streets as we liked the old buildings.
There is quite a contrast between buildings in decay and others beautifully restored.
After many years in Spain we have a nose for a good tapas and sniffed out the Hostal El Puente. We were not disappointed. The photo shows lomo and anchovy served on what seemed like pitta bread and before we were given an excellent paella tapa and their speciality which is slices of baked potato on the plancha with herbs and sauces.
You will find more photos on http://coloursofspain.wordpress.com